My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord , Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12 NKJV
Just the first line is enough to ponder.
Do not despise the chastening of the Lord.
Which means there will be chastening.
Chastening is a verb.
It’s a “doing” which means to correct by punishment or suffering, and can also be defined as discipline according to Merriam-Webster.com.
The point is clear.
There will be discipline, from God, and the command is not to despise or detest it.
Yet, who has endured a discipline they earned with gladness?
It takes a humble heart to realize the consequences of our own choices and to thank God for bringing us what we deserve.
But, we must not stop there, the next section tells us something amazing about God and shows us why we should be thankful for discipline.
For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12 NKJV
If we are receiving correction from God, it’s because He loves us.
His love is such that He’s not willing to stand by and watch us hurt ourselves and others through our unchecked sin.
Instead, He chastens us, to help us realize the consequences of our choices, and to teach us how ugly sin really is.
That kind of love is costly.
After all, He bore the most for our sin.
If God didn’t love as He does, He wouldn’t have paid such a high price to free us from eternal separation.
But He does love.
And because of that He chastens those He loves.
With this perspective it’s much easier to accept correction.
God loves us so much, He wants what is best for us and sometimes what is best is for us to experience the chastening of the Lord.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for such a love as Yours. You never stop loving us. Jesus, You alone paid the largest price for our sin than anyone ever. Thank You for doing that. The next time I’m feeling the discipline of the Lord, help me to not despise nor detest it, but instead be thankful for Your correction. Lord, I want to be cleansed from the things which would harm those around me and myself, please continue to show me what those things are, that I might repent. Thank You for Your love. It’s truly amazing! Amen.